Climber rescued off Glen

Killybegs Coast Guard Unit were called out on Sunday to an injured climber who had fallen while rock climbing near Scalpuna Bay in Glencolmcille. It is understood he was taking part in a popular annual rock climbing festival, located this year in Donegal.

Killybegs Coast Guard Unit were called out on Sunday to an injured climber who had fallen while rock climbing near Scalpuna Bay in Glencolmcille. It is understood he was taking part in a popular annual rock climbing festival, located this year in Donegal.

The climber sustained leg and shoulder injuries and was airlifted to Sligo Regional Hospital by the Sligo Sikorsky Rescue helicopter - aka Rescue 118.

A spokesperson for Killybegs CGU said that the man rescued was from Fermanagh and in his twenties.

“We got paged at 3.35pm on Sunday afternoon and were immediately at the scene. The injured man was brought back to Sligo Regional Hospital by Rescue 118, where he was diagnosed with a broken ankle and broken shoulder. We are happy with the outcome and understand that the man himself will make a full recovery. We would like to thank everyone who assisted in the operation in any way.”

It is understood that the climber was participating in ‘Donegal Climbfest 2012’ which was based in Glencolmcille over the bank holiday weekend under the auspices of the Colmcille Climbers - a group of rock-climbers based in Derry, who go climbing in Counties Derry, Donegal and Antrim.

The participants had been climbing many well known local spots including the nearby crags of Malinbeg, Skelpoonagh, Sail Rock and Muckross.

Members of the public will also be interested to learn that the Killybegs Coast Guard now have their own new website - www.killybegscoastguard.com